Nats hire Martinez as manager

Martinez becomes the seventh full-time manager for the Nats since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season. Exactly how much of Maddon has rubbed off on Martinez remains to be seen, but the Nationals' new manager does have a history of playoff success.

According to Heyman, the Nationals also interviewed Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell, with the latter reportedly being unable to handle pitcher David Price in the Boston clubhouse.

After falling in five games to the Cubs in the NL Division Series, Washington opted to fire Dusty Baker after two seasons and 192 victories.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time.

Baker was let go a little more than a week ago.

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Martinez, 53, has been the bench coach for manager Joe Maddon for the past decade. When Maddon became the Chicago Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years. He has always been a rumored candidate for a step up to a managerial spot, and Washington will provide that opportunity.

Official word of a deal likely won't come until Monday morning, as Major League Baseball prefers its teams to hold off on major announcements until after the World Series.

The agreement with Martinez was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post.

Martinez will be announced as Washington's new manager after the World Series.

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